Compare 30-year fixed refinance rates
Find and compare the current 30-year mortgage refinance rates available in your area. A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage allows you refinance a home with affordable monthly payments.
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Mortgage rate trends (APR)
NerdWallet’s mortgage rate insight
On Wednesday, Oct. 21, 2020, the average rate on a 30-year fixed-rate mortgage rose four basis points to 2.982%, the average rate on a 15-year fixed-rate mortgage went up three basis points to 2.561% and the average rate on a 5/1 ARM was unchanged at 2.944%, according to a NerdWallet survey of mortgage rates published daily by national lenders. A basis point is one one-hundredth of one percent. Rates are expressed as annual percentage rate, or APR. The 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is six basis points higher than one week ago and 110 basis points lower than one year ago.
Current mortgage and refinance rates
|30-year fixed rate||2.879%||2.982%|
|15-year fixed rate||2.368%||2.561%|
|5/1 ARM rate||2.875%||2.944%|
Data source: NerdWallet mortgage rate index
How do I find current 30-year mortgage refinance rates?
NerdWallet's mortgage rate tool can help you find competitive, customized 30-year mortgage refinance rates. In the "Refine results" section, enter a few details about the loan you want. In moments, you'll get a rate quote tailored to meet your needs. From there, you can start the process of getting approved for your 30-year fixed mortgage refinance.
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is the most common term of mortgage — and suitable for refinancing, too. It provides the security of a fixed principal and interest payment, and the flexibility to afford a larger mortgage loan because the payments are more affordable — they're spread out over three decades.
How do I view personalized 30-year refinance rates?
To start, enter the property's ZIP code and choose the refinancing mode. After clicking "Get Started," you'll be asked the home's value, your current loan balance, and the range of your credit score. No personal information is required.
Shop mortgage rates all you want, anytime. When you find a few lenders who seem to be most competitive, you can begin the process of seeking a preapproval.
How do I compare current 30-year fixed mortgage refinance rates?
The first step in refinancing a mortgage is to determine what your goal is. Do you want to lower your monthly payment? Secure a better long-term interest rate than you have now? Or, perhaps take cash out when you refinance?
Whatever your situation, with NerdWallet's free mortgage refinance rate tool, you can compare current 30-year refi interest rates — and let local and national lenders compete for your business.
What is a good 30-year fixed mortgage refinance rate?
A 30-year fixed-rate mortgage is a home loan that maintains the same interest rate and monthly principal-and-interest payment over the 30-year loan period. When refinancing for the long haul, you'll want the best rate you can get.
Since your rate is most directly impacted by your credit score and down payment, you'll want to make sure your credit file is accurate. The more lenders you check out when shopping for mortgage rates, the more likely you are to get a lower interest rate for your refinance.
Getting a lower interest rate could save you hundreds of dollars over a year of mortgage payments — and thousands of dollars over the life of the mortgage.
When you compare refinancing offers using the Loan Estimates you receive from lenders, you'll feel confident when you identify the offer that has the best combination of rate and fees.
The 30-year fixed isn't your only refinancing option. The 15-year fixed loan is common among refinancers. Adjustable-rate mortgages have low monthly payments during the first few years of the loan, making them popular for high-dollar refinancing.
» MORE: Calculate your refinance savings
Pros and cons of a 30-year fixed refinance
While the 30-year fixed mortgage is the most popular type of home loan, it isn't for everyone. Here are some benefits and drawbacks to the 30-year fixed refinance:
Lower payments. Because they're spread out over 30 years, the monthly payments on a 30-year fixed refinance are lower than for loans with shorter terms. It's a simple way to refinance lower your payments.
Flexibility. You're welcome to make the minimum monthly payment. But if you want to shrink your debt faster, you can make larger extra payments or extra ones. When you don't have spare money hanging around, you can go back to making the minimum monthly payments.
Predictability. Because it's a fixed rate, the monthly principal and interest payments are the same over the life of the loan. Keep in mind that the payments include taxes and insurance, which can go up and even sometimes go down.
Bigger loan. Because the monthly payments on a 30-year loan are smaller than on a shorter loan (such as 20 or 15 years), you can borrow more.
Higher interest rate. Because the lender is tying up its money longer, the interest rate on 30-year fixed mortgage refinance is higher than on, say, a 15-year loan.
More interest overall. You pay more interest over the life of a 30-year refi because you make more payments.
You risk borrowing too much. A 30-year loan lets you borrow more, which could tempt you into taking out a loan that's too big. You might afford the monthly payments, but lack money for vacations, dining out, new cars and other discretionary spending.
How are mortgage refinance rates set?
At a high level, mortgage rates are determined by economic forces that influence the bond market. You can't do anything about that, but it's worth knowing: bad economic or global political worries can move mortgage refinance rates lower. Good news can push rates higher.
What you can control are your payment history and your credit score. Lenders fine-tune their base interest rate on the risk they perceive to be taking with an individual loan.
So their base mortgage rate, computed with a profit margin aligned with the bond market, is adjusted higher or lower for each refinance they offer. Higher mortgage rates for higher risk; lower rates for less perceived risk.
So the better your payment history and the higher your credit score, generally the lower your mortgage rate.
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What's the difference between interest rate and APR?
The interest rate is the percentage that the lender charges for borrowing the money. The APR, or annual percentage rate, is supposed to reflect a more accurate cost of borrowing. The APR calculation includes fees and discount points, along with the interest rate.
APR is a tool used to compare loan refinance offers, even if they have different interest rates, fees and discount points.
A major component of APR is mortgage insurance — a policy that protects the lender from losing money if you default on the mortgage. You, the borrower, pay for it.
For a refinance, lenders usually require mortgage insurance on loans with less than 20% equity. If your home's value has increased while you've paid down the loan principal, you may have 20% or more equity in your home.
All the more reason to refi: reducing your monthly payment by eliminating mortgage insurance.